UCPD Police Chief Set to Retire by End of July

Chief Victoria Harrison Was Rehired in 2007, But Plans to Return Her First Retirement Payout


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After the controversial retirement and rehiring of UCPD police Chief Victoria Harrison in 2007, Harrison has announced that she will permanently step down by July 31 and will return the money she received in her original retirement payout.

Harrison received public attention after retiring with a $2.1 million lump sum package, only to be hired again for the same position with a $10,000 annual pay raise. Last month, her contract with the campus was renewed with a $5,000 raise.

She will receive an unspecified monthly pension after her contract ends in July, but plans to return the original money from her previous retirement, said Vice Chancellor of Administration Nathan Brostrom.

"She's been given misinformation from UCOP officials," Brostrom said. "She's repaying the lump sum and retiring as an annuitant."

A similar controversy arose last year when Linda Williams, a former employee in the UC Office of the President, accepted a $100,202 buyout as part of the office's voluntary separation program. One day after leaving her previous post, Williams began work at UC Berkeley as an associate chancellor.

In response to criticism over the university's rehiring practices, the UC Board of Regents made revisions to this policy last September. The new policy requires reports on rehired employees, including written justification for their rehiring.

The campus is currently looking for Harrison's replacement. A job listing was posted on Feb. 27, and a search committee to be headed by Brostrom has been set up, according to campus spokesperson Marie Felde.

"The goal is to have a new chief selected, and hopefully, on board by Chief Harrison's departure at the end of July," Felde said in an e-mail.

Brostrom said he has already received applications for the position.

"There are quite a few resumes," he said. "We'll be looking at them for the next couple of weeks."

He added that there are many vacancies for police chiefs in local departments.

"Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto-a large number are losing police chiefs," Brostrom said. "There is going to be a huge turnover."

Last week, Berkeley Police Chief Doug Hambleton announced his plans to retire after serving 33 years on the force. A search for potential candidates to fill his position has been launched.

Brostrom said Harrison's replacement would preferably come from a university police force or college town. He added that the job entails many unique challenges.

"Chief Harrison has done a remarkable job in so many ways," he said. "She has set a standard for campus policing and things she's had to deal with, from the anti-apartheid movement to unusual instances involving the tree sit-ins. It was amazing to be able to end that and have no one being hurt."


Contact Melani Sutedja at [email protected]

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